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About the IHC Queen Contest
​The Indiana Horse Council is seeking a highly motivated horsewoman between the ages of 18-25 to represent the Indiana Horse Council in 2017. Our queen will be crowned Friday evening of the at the Hoosier Horse Fair & Expo, March 31st. Her initial appearance of the year, the Hoosier Horse Fair & Expo, will require her presence March 31st – April 2nd 2017. Our queen will make several appearances at equine-related events and activities throughout the year to promote, not only the Indiana Horse Council, but the horse.

Our ideal representative is actively involved in the horse industry with a desire to learn and grow. Women between the ages of 18-25 are eligible. Other rules apply. The program is designed to raise awareness of the Indiana Horse Council and its efforts within the equine industry. We need an outgoing, enthusiastic young horsewoman to be the face of our organization throughout the year!

This program is not only designed for the IHC; it is intended to build, inspire, encourage and help young women succeed in the equine industry. 

For more information, contact Jessica Harmeyer

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Congratulations to the 2016 IHC Queen! Kelsey Sajdera























​Jessica Peters crowns 2016 IHC Queen, Kelsey Sajdera

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Meet Jessica Peters, 2015 IHC Queen
























Left to Right:  Miss Congeniality - Laney Nethery; 2015 Queen - Jessica Peters; 1st Runner Up - Kaecee Dollard and 2nd Runner Up - Adrianna Erdie

Jessica is a 2012 Purdue University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Agribusiness. Jessica was a 10-year 4-H member in Horse & Pony, Swine, Wildlife, Veterinary Science, Sports, and Photography. She is heavily involved in the horse industry. She enjoys working with her broodmare, “Alley” and her yearling, “Duke”. “Alley” is a POA that Jessica won in 2001 at the Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo. From her knowledge and experience gained through 4-H and while at Purdue, she has successfully bred “Alley” and raised two foals from her. She has enjoyed imprinting these foals at a young age and continues to train and work with them on a daily basis. In addition to raising her own horses, Jessica is passionate about trail riding and looks forward to riding with her family at Brown County Horsemen’s Camp.  

While at Purdue, Jessica got the opportunity to further her education and expand her knowledge of the horse industry on an international level by participating in an equine study abroad to the United Kingdom. Through this program, she spent time in Ireland, England, and Wales and was able to experience and tour racetracks, steeple chases, breeding farms, veterinary clinics, universities, and local businesses.  

Jessica also enjoys the judging aspect of the horse industry. She was on the judging team while at Purdue and obtained her Indiana Horse Judges Card in 2012. From 2011-2013 she was an official judge of the Indiana State Fair FFA/4-H Horse Judging Contest. She was also and invited speaker to the Indiana 4-H/FFA Horse Judging Camp from 2011-2013. There, she instructed educational sessions on judging various classes.  

She has volunteered countless hours to mentor and advise youth in leadership, horse industry advocacy, and life skills development. Jessica has been a mentor to the newly developed Indiana 4-H Horse and Pony Ambassadors program since its creation in 2013. The goal of this program is to encourage youth ambassadors to interact with exhibitors and visitors of equine events, allowing the youth to gain a new perspective and appreciation for the diversity of horse breeds, riding disciplines, and stakeholders involved in the Indiana and U.S. horse industries. 

Jessica’s future plans include further development of her horse judging knowledge and passing that knowledge onto the youth. She also plans to start showing in the Open and POAC circuits again. She wants to advance her skills as an effective leader and grow into leadership roles within her career and the Indiana equine industry.  
















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Jessica crowning the new 2016 queen, Kelsey Sajdera
Queen and Court kicking off the HHF&E in a Cinderella carriage. Left to right: Kelsey, Gabi, Frances, Adrianna.
2015 2nd Runner Up,Adrianna Erdie, 2015 Queen, Jessica Peters, 2016 Miss Rodeo Indiana, Maribeth Harrell, 2016 Miss High School Rodeo, Shelby Wright.
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Jessica crowning the new 2017 queen, Kelsey Sajdera
Queen and court visit with Governor Pence. Kelsey, Adrianna, Frances, Gabi.
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